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  • ID: I6237
  • Name: Phillip HUGGINS
  • Given Name: Phillip
  • Surname: Huggins
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1765/1770 in ,,North Carolina
  • Death: BEF 1850 in ,Van Buren Co.,Arkansas
  • Note:
    !His name is seen on records as Phillip and also Philip, probably depending only on the clerk or censustaker's notion of how to spell it.

    !The father of Phillip Huggins born ca 1765 was also named Phillip. A Phillip and Luke Huggins, and William Morris, appeared on the 1782 Bedford Co., Virginia Tax List. The North Carolina 1790 and 1800 censuses and tax records show that a Phillip, John, and Luke of about the same age were in the Buncombe/Burke Co. area of North Carolina together, along with an older Phillip. William Morris also located in Burke Co. and may have been the father of Jane Morris who married Phillip born ca 1765. By 1785, Phillip and Luke (probably father and adult son) had moved to Burke Co. where Phillip sued a man. In the 1790 Burke Co. census, Phillip had a grown son living with him, probably Phillip, Jr. who later married Jane. Luke lived nearby with his large family. A Phillip Huggins entered a land grant on Apr. 18, 1792 with Phillip Huggins, Sr. as a witness. The son, Phillip, was at least 21 to receive a land grant.

    !We should note immediately that the parents of the older Phillip Huggins, the father of Phillip born ca 1765 and his brother Luke, have never been determined. A study of the available data on Huggins families of early eastern North Carolina, and of Maryland, reveal that the older Phillip very likely was related to them. We have provided notes below which may assist the interested researcher in establishing connections to earlier Huggins in eastern North Carolina and Maryland. It is probably significant that Phillip's son James M. Huggins, on the 1880 census of McNairy Co., Tennessee, showed his father's birthplace as Maryland.

    !The 1790 North Carolina census for the Morgan District, Burke Co., shows:
    Huggins, Phillip:
    Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 2 (prob Phillip the elder and son Phillip)
    Free white females, including heads of families: 1

    !Huggins, Luke:
    Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 1 (Luke)
    Free white males under 16 years: 4
    Free white females, including heads of families: 3

    !Huggins, John:
    Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 4
    Free white females, including heads of families: 2
    All other free persons: 2

    !Buncombe Co. was formed in 1791 from Burke Co. and Rutherford Co., but a Philip HOGENS was found in 1785 suing a man, which gives us a possible date for his removal from Bedford Co., Va. 1782-1785. In Buncombe Co., Phillip Huggins entered for a land grant on April 18, 1792 and when it was issued on July 18, 1800, Phillip Huggins Sr. was a witness. Philip Huggins had several purchases and sales, the last being July 16, 1805. Luke's last sale was on Mar. 4 1806.

    !In the 1800 census of the Morgan Dist., Buncombe Co., Phillip Huggins, Sr. was older than 45 (b. before 1755), and so was his wife. Phillip Jr. was 26-45 (b. 1755-74) and Luke was in the same age range though he was probably an older brother, as indicated above. Phillip Jr.'s wife Jane (Morris) was born 1774-84:

    !Huggins, Phillip:
    Males 45 or older: 1 (Phillip, the elder)
    Females 10-16: 1
    Females 45 or older: 1

    !Huggins, Phillip:
    Males under 10: 2 (John and Luke)
    Males 26-44: 1 (Phillip)
    Females under 10: 5 (Mary, Susannah, Tabitha, Rachael, and Jinny)
    Females 16-26: 1 (Jane)

    !Huggins, Luke:
    Males under 10: 1
    Males 10-16: 1
    Males 16-26: 1 (Luke)
    Males 26-44: 1
    Females under 10: 3
    Females 10-16: 1
    Females 16-26: 1

    !As noted already, we believe that the the older Phillip was the father of the three sons, Phillip born about 1765-70, John, and Luke, and probably other unknown children. Another family story, consistent with what we know of Phillip, is that the sons Phillip, John, and Luke went west before about 1802, settling first in Tennessee. This was no doubt in Giles Co. where at least two of Phillip's daughters were married. This appears to have support from the North Carolina 1800 and 1810 census records.

    !Marriage records of his children and family reports indicate that Phillip Huggins born about 1765 moved from Buncombe Co. North Carolina to Giles Co. Tennessee then Lauderdale Co., Alabama. Many of the families that had marriages to his children or descendants were also in Giles Co., surnames including Garrett, Hamm, and Milton. Those surnames were earlier in Warren Co., Kentucky. We have found no record for Phillip Huggins in Warren Co. However, the 1804 tax list for Warren Co. shows a William Huggins. We conjecture that William was perhaps a son or nephew of Phillip, but have no further information about William. There has been no systematic research of the movements and descendants of Phillip's brothers.

    !We should probably mention that a Ruth Huggins born in Onslow Co., North Carolina, died 1849 in Giles Co., Tennessee. She was in Giles Co. Tennessee about the same time as Phillip's daughter Susannah married William Garrett there. We know that Thomas, John, and James Hamm were in Giles Co. then also. John's son, Thomas Pinckney Hamm, married Phillip Huggins' daughter Tabitha. It would appear that these families moved together from North Carolina, and some then moved on to Lauderdale Co. Other researchers have concluded Ruth was a daughter of one of the Huggins families of Onslow Co., North Carolina, though there is some disagreement as to which. We record her here only because of the circumstance that she was living in Giles Co. in the proximity of Phillip Huggins born ca 1765, and therefore might be closely related. Ruth had married William Hancock 1773-1849 of Onslow Co., as his third wife.

    !We know that Phillip later, about 1818, went on from Tennessee to Lauderdale Co., Alabama where he lived in the Shoal Creek area. The associated families of Miltons, English, and Hamms lived on Shoal Creek, northeast of Florence, Alabama in Lauderdale Co., near the Tennessee line, about 1830.

    !Minutes of the court, Buncombe Co., Jan. term, 1801, Philip Higgin's mark "a smooth crap off the right Ear, and a hole in the Left" - No doubt for branding livestock. Phillip immigrated to Tennessee in 1802, where he lost track of his brothers, according to a letter written by his grandson James (son of Luke) to his children in 1911.

    !Various deeds were executed by the Huggins in Burke and Buncombe Co's shortly before the departure of Luke and Phillip. This probably happened about the time of death of the older Phillip. We have summarized the deeds below in a separate section called "DEEDS."

    !A William HUGGINS appeared on the 1804 tax list for Warren Co., KY. HAMM, GARRETT, MILTON, and other families were in Warren Co. about that same time, and moved on to Giles Co., TN, and their children intermarried with children of Phillip HUGGINS b ca 1765 NC. This is the only indication found that any HUGGINS were also in Warren Co. KY. We have no further record for this William Huggins, but note that a William and Luke Huggins appeared on the 1810 census for Duplin Co., North Carolina, but had not appeared on earlier censuses there. Also, a William Huggins appears on the 1820 census for Davidson Co., Tennessee (100020-30100), i.e. his age 26-45, hers 16-26, so this is probably not the same William.

    !Phillip born ca 1765 has not been found on the 1820 census, though a younger Phillip (age 18-26 so not Phillip's son Phillip Jasper) is shown then in Montgomery Co., Tennessee. (He was born 1795 North Carolina and died Sept., 1850 in Montgomery Co.)

    !However our Phillip does appear on the 1830 census for Lauderdale Co., Alabama: 020000001-20001, and his son Phillip Jasper also appears on that census. This raises a mystery. Apparently his wife Jane had died and there was a much younger woman in his household with young children. This appears to have been a second marriage. The Lauderdale Co. marriage record for a Phillip Huggins and Elizabeth English in 1823 would be consistent with the conclusion that it was Phillip Sr. who married Elizabeth English, his son Phillip then being only about age 14. This is the conclusion reached by some researchers. e.g. See the book Matthew English of Lauderdale County, Alabama and his Descendants, 1989, by Frieda Askew and Wm. D. Reddell, pg. 42. However, the same source shows that Elizabeth remarried to Bryant Holmes and had children by him before the 1830 census, and so is unlikely to be the young lady in Phillip Huggins Sr's household in 1830. Some report the younger Phillip Jasper as the one who married Elizabeth English, yet he was also on the 1840 census of Lauderdale Co. with children who appear consistent with what is known of his marriage to Agnes Robertson.

    !Phillip Sr. is missing from the 1840 and 1850 Alabama censuses. Some of his children had relocated by 1850 to Tennessee, and it is tempting to suppose that Phillip probably died in Lauderdale Co. by then. However, correspondence (1995) from researcher Theron Smith and others, pointed out that the 1840 Van Buren Co., Arkansas census has a Phillip Huggins: 0111000001-222001 which supports claims that Phillip had indeed remarried, and by then had additional children, and had relocated to Arkansas. Unfortunately, civil court and probate records wern't kept by Van Buren Co. for the period before 1859/60. Moreover, there are no Huggins on the 1837-38 or 1839 Van Buren Co. personal property tax list.

    !Moreover, we know that Phillip Sr's daughter Mary had married Henry Goodnight and the Goodnights relocated to Van Buren Co., Arkansas about 1837-1840, and appear on the 1840 census of Union Twp., Van Buren Co. The 1840 census for Union Twp., Van Buren Co. (near the present town of Shirley):
    HUGGINS, Philip 0111000001/222001/0:
    1 male age 5-10 Prob Joseph born abt 1828
    1 male age 10-15 Prob Marion born abt 1825
    1 male age 15-20 Prob Andrew born abt 1824
    1 male age 70-80 Prob grandpa Phillip Huggins Sr., born abt 1765/70
    2 females under 5 Caroline and ?
    2 females 5-10 Margaret and ?
    2 females 10-15 ? and ?
    1 female 30-40 Prob Elizabeth (English)

    !The Van Buren Co. Court Clerk has marriage records only from 1859, so it is doubtful whether most of the girls in the household can be identified (they were probably already married by 1859), though this check of records has not yet been tried. (A published index of the marriages dates from 1865.) The above information compels us to deduce it is very likely that Phillip Huggins Sr. moved from Lauderdale Co., Alabama to Van Buren Co. Arkansas where he probably died before 1850. We found no widow named Huggins on the 1850 census of Van Buren Co. as head of household, but as notes below show, she (Elizabeth English Huggins) maybe remarried to a neighbor, Abram Wiley. Finally, we should note that the 1840 census shows an additional young male, and 4 additional young females in Phillip's household, compared to the 1830 census of Lauderdale Co., just 10 years earlier.

    !We note incidentally that Phillip's son James M. Huggins who lived in McNairy Co., Tennessee had earlier named children Joseph, Leroy, and Margaret. This may be a clue where Phillip and Elizabeth went after they left Alabama, but before they appeared in Van Buren Co., Arkansas. The whereabouts of Phillip Sr. between 1830 and 1840 is unknown, but it appears very likely that he had moved from Lauderdale Co. Alabama back to Tennessee before moving to Arkansas. Giles Co. Tennessee records might reveal that he was there with the Goodnights and moved with them to Arkansas. Neither Henry Goodnight nor any Huggins appear on the 1836 tax list for Giles Co., but we have not examined earlier lists. We note that some of the children by Phillip's second marriage show their birthplace on censuses as Tennessee rather than Alabama, though we know from the 1830 census of Alabama they were born there. Perhaps they spent their early years in Tennessee and thought they were born there.

    !We note that the 1840 census of Van Buren Co. shows three boys in that household of Phillip Sr. Yet, it should be noted that subsequent censuses and records of that county show an additional Huggins, namely Eli C. Huggins, who would be of an age to possibly be a son of Phillip, though his reported birth year (approximate) appears to be incompatible with that of the other children. We also note that this Eli lived in Giles Twp., Van Buren Co., apart from the other Huggins, Goodnight, and Weaver families. We doubt that he was a son of Phillip Sr. We note that an Eli Cherry Huggins died about 1858 in Davidson Co., Tennessee (wb 17-506), where Huggins families had been resident at least as early as 1808, and apparently had come there from Pennsylvania, by way of North Carolina. A John Huggins was listed there in 1818 as aged 83, a Rev. War soldier who had served in the North Carolina line. Eli Cherry Huggins was the son of John Huggins Jr. and Isabella Whitley Cherry. We have found no apparent connection of them, certainly not a close connection, to our Phillip Huggins born ca 1765 in North Carolina.

    !Phillip did not appear on the 1850 census of Van Buren Co., Arkansas and is presumed to have died before then. His widow Elizabeth was living then with the nearby Abram Wylie household, with her youngest children.

    !An additional daughter is sometimes attributed to Phillip Huggins, Sr., namely a Clara Huggins born about 1887, who married Frank Hamm born about 1883. The marriage was June 14, 1908 in Franklin Co., Arkansas. We need only point out that Phillip Sr., had he lived long enough to father Clara, would then have been about 126 years old. It would be interesting to discover who Clara's and Frank's fathers really were, since the Huggins and Hamms in Franklin Co. all seem to be related somehow. Phillip's great-grandson Lillard M. Huggins is reported to have had a daughter Clara born about 1885. It is likely she is the one.

    !We have collected below additional notes that might be helpful for further research of the origins of Phillip Huggins of Buncombe Co., North Carolina:

    !A tradition passed among Huggins descendants is that "three Huggins brothers came from London, England in an early day. Of the brothers, one settled in New York, and one who settled in Baltimore or Boston, but the third settled in North Carolina." We have found no basis for this claim of the other brothers, but can for Phillip in western North Carolina, in the Burke and Buncombe Co's area. Despite the family tradition, it may be important to note that the similarity of family names like Luke, Thomas, Phillip, and James, with those of Huggins who settled still earlier in eastern North Carolina, in Onslow, Duplin, and Jones Co's, suggests that Phillip's ancestors may have originated there, though no proof has been found of that possibility either. Moreover, it's clear from early wills in eastern North Carolina that those Huggins had family connections in Somerset Co., Maryland, and Huggins families were there by the late 1600's. Accordingly, we have also collected here various notes that may assist in future research about the earlier roots of Phillip Huggins.

    !Still another family tradition is that the Huggins brother who settled in North Carolina (Phillip) had three sons Luke, Phillip, and John who moved west to Tennessee about 1802. However, no record has been found for a Luke or John in Tennessee that have any apparent family connection to the son Phillip. The son Phillip did move to Tennessee, then Alabama, and eventually to Arkansas.


    !EASTERN North Carolina:

    !About 1730, the royal governor for the Carolina colony awarded one John Huggins a 500 acre grant on the Trent River in the present-day Jones Co., North Carolina area.

    !A James Huggins, born ca 1685, whose wife was Ann, died Jan. 14, 1746 in Onslow Co., North Carolina. In his will he gave land in Maryland to sons Charles Huggins and Benjamine Huggins. Also mentioned in the will is Ann Hurley. His wife, Ann Huggins, made a similar will to that of her husband. Daughter Ann was apparently the mother of a Jacob Hurley. In a Jones Co. North Carolina deed book (1719 - 1774) it lists "Jacob Huggins, alias Husley."

    !Another will by a Luke Huggins is dated 1835, in Onslow Co., wb-1/147, stored at the same location. Others for
    Onslow Co. include:
    Edmond Huggins 1737 (dated Apr. 12, 1737) ss 877/185 SS/AR (Secretary of State loose wills)
    John " 1745 ss 878/98 SS/AR
    Ann " 1746 ss 877/41 SS/AR
    Jacob " 1789 wb-a/56 AR
    There is a will recorded in 1784 by a Luke Huggins in Jones Co., wb-a/40, stored in the state archives at Raleigh.
    Clearly there was one or more older generations living there before any Luke or Philip who moved westward.

    !The aforementioned will of Luke Huggins Jones Co., North Carolina:
    In the name of God amen, the eighth day of March 1784
    I Luke Huggins of Jones Conty in the state of North Carolina, being in health of body and of perfiect mind and memory thanks be given to God. therefore, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowning that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows.
    Imprimis I lend to my beloved wife Nelly Huggins all my lands with the plantation I now live on also all the rest of my estate of all kins whatsoever during her natural life or widowhood.
    Imprimis I give unto my daughter Phebe Shelfer on shilling sterling money.
    Imprimis I give unto my daughter Sarah Standley one shilling sterling money.
    Imprimis I give unto my daughter Nelly Littleton one shilling sterling money.
    Imprimis I give unto my son Jame Huggins on shilling sterling money to him & his heirs forever.
    Imprimis I give unto my son Luke Huggins on shilling sterling money to him & his heirs forever.
    Imprimis I give unto my son Isaac Huggins on shilling sterling money to him & his heirs forever
    Imprimis I give unto my son Jacob Huggins the plantation I now live on with all the rest of my lands to him & his heirs forever.
    Imprimis I give all the rest of my estate of all kind whatsoever to my youngest children Esther Huggins, Hanna Huggins, Thomas Huggins, Charles Huggins, and Temperance Huggins to be equally divided among them at my death or the death of my wife Nelly Huggins, likewise I constiture and ordain Simon Speight and John Perry executors of this my last will and testament.
    I hereby utterling revoke and disannull all other wills or testaments ratifying and confirming this and no other as my last will and testamen; in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
    Luke Huggins (seal)
    written signed sealed published and declared as his
    last will and testament in the presence of the subscribers
    Nathan X Bryan
    Waxel Perry
    Adonijah Parry
    Probated Jones County, N. Carolina Dec. Term 1784
    Nathan Bryan, Adonija Parry, Simon Speight were there
    Test. Lew. Bryan C. C.
    Jones County Will Book A pp40-2
    March 08, 1784 - Dec 1784

    !The aforementioned 1789 will for Jacob Huggins is as follows:
    Will of Jacob Huggins Onslow Co., N. Carolina
    In the name of God Amen I Jacob Huggins of Onslow County Geing sick in body but of sound mind and memory do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner and form following first I recomend my soul to God who gave it hoping through the merrits of my blessed Savior to receive free pardon of all my sins & as to such worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of in the following manner.
    First I give to my son Cooper Huggins one half of the lands I now posses comprehending the house & plantation where on I now live beginning at the mouth of a small branch at the lower side of the cleared land called Rice Patch Branch & running up the said branch to the county pond then along the pond to the next branch including all the land on the north side of the road to him and his heirs forever. I also give to my son Cooper Huggins one sow named Pink to him & his heirs & assigns forever.
    Second I give to my son Luke Huggins on half of my lands which I now posses being the lower half beginning at the mouth of a small branch called Rice Patch Branchrunning up the various courses of the same to the county Road thence along the road to the next branch including all the land on the south side of the Road & if my son shuold die before he comes of age I have the above said land to be sold, & the money to be equally devided amongst my children. I also give to my son Luke Huggins one cow named Callicoe one coalt to him & his heirs forever. I give to my son Luke Huggins five pounds in money.
    Thirdly I give to my beloved wife Frances Huggins durring her natural life the upper half of my plantation whereon I now live I also give unto my wife one feather bed & furniture also two younger horses & a mare. I also leave my negro man Adam to my wife durring her natural life and at her death to be sold & the money to be equally devided amongst my two sons Luke Huggins & Cooper Huggins. I leave to my wife Frances all my cattle except such as shall herafter be givin away.
    Fourthly I give to my son Jacob Huggins one cow named Cheary one feather bed & furniture and beadstead one mare to him & his heirs forever.
    Fifthly I give to my daughter Lizanner Huggins one cow named Star & her calf I also give my daughter one calf which is named White rump one bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever.
    Sixthly I give & bequeath to my daughter Purity Huggins on cow named Dumpling & her calf I also give to my daughter Purity on calf named Startly one feather bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever.
    Seventhly I give to my daughter Ruth Huggins one cow named Blackky & her calf one bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever.
    Eightly I leave my money & book accounts to be collected in and all other moneys which is owed me to be applyed for the building my chimmneys & other uses I leave all the rest of my personal estate to my wife shich is not mentioned in this will to inable her to raise my children and at her death to be sold & the money to be equally devided umongst my children.
    Lastly I nominate & appoint my son Jacob Huggins executor & my wife Frances Huggins executrix revoking all other will or wills by me made ratifying and confirming this only to be my last will & testament in testamony I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of November 1789.
    Signed in presence his
    of us Jacob J Huggins (seal)
    William W. Taylor mark
    David Moore X
    Elijah X Bath

    !The first "Phillip Huggins" in North Carolina we have knowledge of was named as a son of Edmond Huggins of Onslow Co., North Carolina in his will 1737, but whether he was a direct ancestor is unknown. Other early wills in Onslow Co. NC were for James 1745/46, and Nehemiah a known brother of John in 1746/47. The will of James, and the above listed later will of his wife Ann, mention children Charles and Benjamin, and mentions a Jacob and Mathew perhaps also sons. Charles and Benjamin were bequeathed land in Maryland. One possibility is that Edmond, James, John, and Nehemiah were brothers who all had come there from Maryland. Records for their children are scattered in Duplin, Jones, and Craven Co's. John patented land, 500a, 6/19/1736, in the Onslow Precinct on Bear Creek joining a swamp and a pocoson. (According to Webster's large unabridged dictionary -- it is POCOSIN and is defined as a swamp in a coastal region, chiefly in the South-Eastern section of the U.S.) We note that these names Charles, Nehemiah, John and Edmund Huggins appear on the 1723 census for Nanticoke Hundred, in Somerset Co., Maryland.

    !The aforementioned Edmond may be the Edmund who had a daughter Elizabeth Huggins, found in old Somerset Co., Maryland:
    1 Edmund Huggins b: Abt. 1658 Somerset Co., MD
    +Ann b: Abt. 1662 Somerset Co., MD
    2 Elizabeth Huggins b: 1684 Somerset Co., MD d: 1755 Somerset, Worcester Co., MD
    +Thomas Marvel Sr b: 1682 Somerset, Worcester Co., MD m: Jun. 16, 1721 Stepney Parish, Worcester Co., MD d: 1757 Somerset, Worcester Co., MD (Sussex Co., DE)
    3 Abigail Marvel b: Apr 05, 1723 Stepney Parish, Worcester Co., MD
    3 Viley Clear Marvel b: Dec. 4, 1726 Stepney Parish, Worcester Co.,MD
    3 David B. Marvel b: Jan 05, 1728/29 Stepney Parish, Worcester Co., MD (Sussex Co., DE) d: Feb 09, 1796 Sussex Co. DE
    3 Thomas Marvel Jr b: Nov 11, 1732 Stepney Parish, Worcester Co., MD d: 1801 Sussex Co., DE
    3 Philip P. Marvel Sr. b: Dec 03, 1735 Stepney Parish, Worcester Co., MD d: May 06, 1795 Dagsboro, Sussex Co., DE
    3 Robert Marvel b: May 15, 1737 Stepney Parish, Worcester Co., MD d: Bef. Jul 25, 1775 Worcester Co., MD

    !Edmond/Edmund Huggins Jr. was the son of Edmund Huggins Sr., a weaver and planter sited on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, first in the Nanticoke Hundred of Somerset County, Maryland and later in Dorchester County. He died before 16 Jun 1726. His wife (who was listed in a 1721 land sale) was Anne-- possibly the daughter of Nehemiah Covington Sr. and Anne [widow of Robert Ingram]. Records of nearby Sussex County, Delaware list a Phillip Huggins as a witness in court documents of 1752 and later in 1770.

    !The following posting on may have additional clues for future research:
    Re: Some NC wills
    Posted by: Nancy Huggins (ID *****7863) Date: February 05, 2005 at 22:46:07
    In Reply to: Some NC wills by Dan Page of 1922
    Was just looking over this site and saw your post.
    Have you gotten any of the copies of these wills yet. I would appreciate it if you would please send them to me.
    I'm trying to connect up with Elijah Edmon Huggins who I believe to be the son of Charles 1770
    James was father of Jacob1683, who was fater of Luke 1720, who was father of Charles1770,who was father of Elijah 1823,who was father of Samuel Josiah 1874,who was father of Truman 1915, who was father of Randy Keith 1956(my husband).
    Do you have anything on these HUGGINS ?
    I don't have much written proof, but love to collect some if anyone is sharing.
    Thank you,

    !We should remark that the Brevard family immigrated in the late 1600's to Somerset Co., Maryland, then to Cecil Co., Maryland, and they had descendants in Rowan and Iredell Co's in North Carolina who coincidentally intermarried with the Huggins families living there. However, studies of those Huggins families in central North Carolina conclude their roots were in Ireland, and they came to North Carolina by way of Pennsylvania.

    !Edmond Huggins [Jr.] 12 Apr 1737--6 Jul 1737, of Bath Co. Onslow Precinct. "veary Sick of body"
    Abraham Huggins--cow. Mary Huggins the daughter of Nehamiah Huggins--calf. Isaac Huggins--heifer. John Huggins JR.--cow. Thos. Hilliard--1 barrel of corn. Thos Owin & Edward Eswards-- my meat. Son Phillip Huggins--rest of my estate.
    Ex. John Starkey, Wit. Abraham Mitchell, Thos Owin

    !A list of taxpayers in Nanticoke Hundred, Somerset Co., Maryland in 1723 includes Charles, Edmon, John, and Nehamiah Huggins (their spelling).

    !We emphasize that the above Edmund Huggins whose will was dated 1737 in Onslow Co. had a son Phillip, and that Edmond apparently came there from Maryland. We should add that the book "Old Houses of Virginia," by Sadie S. and V. Hope Kellam, 1958, discusses, in Ch. 6, an old Huggins house in Princess Anne Co. believed to have been owned by a Phillip Huggins. His son Robert wrote a will in 1753 mentioning his deceased father Phillip. That Phillip did not leave a will but his estate inventory and appraisal was done in 1727, with his wife Margaret as administrator, so he was a contemporary of Edmund. A land patent by John Watkins on Aug. 16, 1715 in Princess Anne Co. Virginia for 63 acres describes it as being near Lynhaven River and adjoining land of Philip Huggins. A Nicholas Huggins is known to have come from England to Virginia. His age has been given as 24 in 1635. A Nicholas Huggins patented 450 acres in Lynhaven Parish in Norfolk Co., Virginia on Sept. 29, 1679. When "Nicolas" Huggins died 1691/2 he left land to his cousin Phillip, so a Phillip was in Princess Anne Co., Maryland, at least that early. The book Virginia Colonial Soldiers, by DeWitt Bockstruck, on pg. 229, has, regarding payment of soldiers under Capt. Cadwaldad Jones, Co. and date not identified: "Phillip Huggins paid nothing because he ran from this colony." The date was probably between 1680-1682. In any case, we have established a trail of "Phillips" that appears to have been in England, then Maryland, then eastern North Carolina, then back to Virginia, then to Burke and Buncombe Co's in western North Carolina. It seems very likely that our Phillip Huggins born ca 1765 was related to them, and to the early immigrants Nicholas and Phillip Huggins to Maryland, and to the descendants named Edmund, one of whom settled in eastern North Carolina and had a son Phillip.

    !There were other Huggins in early Maryland. e.g.: Richard Huggins of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. His will was dated 3 Feb 1669 and was proved 14 May 1670. We know of no connection of Richard and those who went to North Carolina:
    In the name of God amen. I Richard Huggins of the County of Ann Arundell Plantor in the Province of Maryland being Sick and weake in body but of perfect mind and memory the Lord be praised Do make and ordain this my last Will and testament in writing Revoakeing all former Wills by me made. (Viz)
    Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Loving wife Ann Huggins all my whole Estate which I am now possessed of both reall and personall in what kind _______ quallity so as or to be at her disposing and do nominate and appoint my Wife sole and whole Executrix of this my Last Will & Testament in writing. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of February 1669 ~
    Signed Sealed delivered and The marke of
    published in the presence of us Rich. Huggins
    Thomas Knighton 15 April 1670
    Francis Stockett/Hockett A Commission
    proved to Samuel The marke of Chow Esq
    to prove the George [L.] Walker
    Will of Richd Huggins deceased and to administer the oath to His Executrix herein named who made this returne on the back side of the Originall Will (Viz)

    !This Will was in [ _________ ] proved before me the fourteenth of May 70, by the oathes of Francis Stockett and Thomas Knighton and at the same time his Executrix tooke her oath before me.

    !The will of a Luke Huggins dated Mar. 8, 1784 and probated Dec. 1784 in Jones Co. North Carolina names his wife Nellie, and children Phoebe Shelfer, Sarah Stanley, Nelly Littleton, James, Luke, Isaac, Esther, Jacob, Hannah (may have married Jesse Blackshear in Williamson Co. Tennessee), Thomas, Charles (may have married Sarah Little in Davidson Co. Tennessee in 1799), and Temperance who married Abraham Little. We note the significant omission of children named Phillip and Ruth. The dates, naming patterns, and locality suggests a theory that this Luke may have been the grandfather of Phillip b 1765, though no direct evidence has been found to support that conclusion.

    !Probably one of their children, a John Huggans, was reported serving in Capt. Richard Ward's Co. of the North Carolina militia, Onslow Co., Nov. 26, 1754.

    !The 1810 census for North Carolina shows:
    Onslow Co.: Huggins, Cooper 097
    , Jacob 097
    , Luke 096
    , Luke Jr. 103
    Duplin Co.: Huggins, Luke 010
    , Easther 008
    , William 025
    Onslow and Duplin Co.'s are in eastern North Carolina near the ocean. There are 14 other Huggins scattered elsewhere in North Carolina on the same census, including 3 in Iredale Co., and 4 in Lincoln Co.

    !A Luke Huggins was listed as a taxpayer in 1769 in Craven Co., North Carolina. Jones Co. was formed from Craven Co. in 1778. It is adjacent to Onslow Co. which fronts the Atlantic Ocean. Taxpayers in early Onslow Co. included Jacob Huggins in 1769, 1770; Jacob Huggins Jr. 1770; John Huggins 1742.

    !A Philip Huggins appears on the 1830 census for Montgomery Co., Tennessee, his age 30-40. It seems likely that this was a grandson, or son of either Luke or John of eastern North Carolina.

    !WFT tree 156, CD 17, shows a Hannah Huggins(?) born May 20, 1771 who married Jesse Blackshear of Jones Co. North Carolina and moved to Williamson Co., Tennessee, which we note is not distant from Lauderdale Co., Alabama where the Phillip born ca 1765 was located. Tree 156 shows Hannah's father as a Luke Huggins. The birth data for Hannah's children indicates the Blackshear family must have moved from Jones Co., North Carolina to Williamson Co., Tennessee between 1794 and 1802. The same tree reports a James Huggins of about the same age as Hannah who married an Elizabeth Blackshear of Jones Co.

    !CENTRAL North Carolina:

    !We have not located a copy of the book "The John Huggins Genealogy; a genealogy of some of the descendants of John Huggins of Ireland for the years from 1730 (approx.) to 1964.", by Mabel I. Huggins, Topeka, KS, 1964. A verbal description of the book is that it is concerned with an Irish Huggins family that immigrated first to Pennsylvania, then migrated to central North Carolina and also to the midwest and Missouri.

    !The 1759 tax list for Rowan Co., North Carolina includes a James Huggins, and two John Huggins probably father and son. James Huggins of Rowan Co., North Carolina was administrator for the will of James Best in 1762, and executor for Walter Carruth in 1769. James Huggins Jr. was executor for William Brown in 1787. These events took place near Coddle Creek. See Wills of Rowan County. The LDS Ancestry File shows these Huggins to have descended from immigrants John Huggins and Mary Carruth of Ulster, Ireland, coming first to Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, then to North Carolina. They do not appear to have had any connections to the Huggins in eastern or western North Carolina., and their naming patterns are considerably different. The names most frequently seen in the records in that area are James, John, Richard, and Robert.

    !Early taxpayers in Rowan Co. included James Huggins 1759, and John Huggins 1759. The 1778 tax lists for Rowan Co. includes these names that might all be Huggins, or surnames later associated with Huggins in Tennessee and Alabama. We caution that "Rowan Co." in an early day was most of what is now western North Carolina:

    !Capt. Dickson's District:
    John Brevard
    James Huggins
    James Huggins Jr.
    John Huggins
    Robert Brevard
    Robert Huggins

    !Capt. Lopp's District:
    Jacob Hamm
    Christian Hamm
    Andrew Hamm

    !Capt. Reed's District:
    James Night (probably Knight)
    Mathew Night

    !Capt. Morris' District:
    John Garret
    William Hudgins (maybe not Huggins)
    Starling Hudgins

    !Capt. Johnston's District:
    Jno Hagins (maybe not Huggins)
    John Hagins
    Thos Hagan

    !Capt. Richard Graham's District:
    John Haggins (maybe not Huggins)

    !There are numerous records for an early James, and John Huggins in early Rowan Co., North Carolina, and their children, in the area that is now Iredell Co. No connection has been found between these families and those of the Onslow Co. area, nor the Buncombe Co. area. They are believed to have come there from Pennsylvania, and to be of Irish descent. These marriages are for that group, and reveal surnames that are later associated with some Huggins families who located to Tennessee:

    !Marriages recorded for Rowan Co., North Carolina include:
    John Huggins - Margaret Brevard Dec. 12, 1772
    James Huggins - Mary Brevard Mar. 21, 1785
    Robert Huggins - Rachael Jetton Feb. 13, 1787

    !WESTERN North Carolina:

    !The 1790 census for North Carolina shows a Luke Huggins in the Morgan District of Burke Co. with 4 boys under 16, one male over 16 (himself) and 3 females including perhaps his wife and 2 daughters. In the same place appears Philip Huggins with 2 males over 16 in his household (including himself) and 1 female, no doubt his wife. Also, in 1790, there appear 12 other Huggins households scattered through the state, including a Francis and a Jacob Huggins in Onslow Co.

    !In 1800, nine other Huggins households appear scattered throughout the state. In Onslow Co. are households for Francis Huggins and Jacob Huggins. In adjacent Duplin Co. is Esther Huggins.


    !A Luke Huggins served as Pvt. in Dixon's Co. of the 10th Regiment, Continental Army, together with a James and Michael Huggins, in the Revolutionary War. Luke and James are listed in Pierce's Register, numbers 89768 and 89747 respectively, NSDAR. Luke enlisted April 4, 1781 for one year.

    !Several other Huggins served in other Rev. War units, including another James, and Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jeff. These four are described in pay voucher records as being from the Hillsborough and Salisbury Districts of North Carolina. Nehemiah served for three years in Sharp's Co. of the 10nth Regiment.

    !NSDAR membership applications indicate:
    a. James Huggins born 1750 and died 1793 Iredell Co., North Carolina served as a Pvt. in 1776 in Capt. Walsh's Co., the 8th Regt. of the Continental Line. He married about 1783/85 Mary Brevard 1765-1812. Their daughter Jane married in 1813 John Gracey Templeton 1783-1882.
    b. John Huggins born 1752 Iredell Co. and died 1826 Iredell Co., served as a Pvt. in the North Carolina Militia. He married Margaret Brevard. Their son Alexander 1775-1853 married in 1809 Martha Irwin born 1780.

    !A more complete listing of Huggins serving in the Rev. War is as follows. All info is taken from "Pierce's Register":
    From Seventeenth Report of the National Society Daughters American Revolution page 12 89747.
    Huggins, James
    From Seventeenth Report of the National Society Daughters American Revolution page 12 89768.
    Huggins, Luke

    Reference: North Carolina State Records, Clark, Vol. XVI, 1782-1783
    page 98
    Name and Rank: Huggins, Jas., Pt.
    Company: Walsh's
    Dates of Enlistment and Commission: 4 Dec. '76
    Period of Service: 3 yrs. W

    Reference: North Carolina State Records, Clark, Vol. XVI, 1782-1783
    page 132
    Name and Rank: Huggins, Jas., Pt.
    Company: Dixon's
    Dates of Enlistment and Commission: 25 Apr. '81
    Period of Service: 12 mo.
    Occurrences: Do 25 Apr. '82

    Reference: North Carolina State Records, Clark, Vol. XVI, 1782-1783
    page 132
    Name and Rank: Huggins, Luke, Pt.
    Company: Dixon's
    Dates of Enlistment and Commission: 25 Apr. '81
    Period of Service: 12 mo.
    Occurrences: Do 25 Apr. '82

    Reference: North Carolina State Records, Clark, Vol. XVI, 1782-1783
    page 132
    Name and Rank: Huggins, Mich'l, Pt.
    Company: Dixon's
    Dates of Enlistment and Commission: 25 Apr. '81
    Period of Service: 12 mo.
    Occurrences: Do 25 Apr. '82

    Reference: North Carolina State Records, Clark, Vol. XVI, 1782-1783
    page 136
    Name and Rank: Huggins, Nehemh, Pt.
    Company: Sharp's
    Period of Service: 3 yrs.

    Vol. II. Pages 46-73. Book ZZ
    page 196
    No.: 287.
    Company: Micheil Huggins, Privt.
    Vol. II. Pages 46-73. Book ZZ
    page 200
    No.: 579.
    Company: Daniel Huggins, Sergt.
    Vol. II. Pages 46-73. Book ZZ
    page 200
    No.: 619.
    Company: James Huggins, Privt.

    Vol. IV. North Carolina Army Accounts. Old Series_Vol. IV_Remarks of Commissioners
    page 209
    No.: 3224.
    Company: Nehemiah Huggins
    [p.223] North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. X
    page 224
    No.: 287.
    Company: Michael Huggins, Privt.
    [p.223] North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. X
    page 225
    No.: 619.
    Company: James Huggins, Privt.
    Volume X
    page 227
    No.: 287.
    Company: Michael Huggins
    Volume X
    page 227
    No.: 579.
    Company: Daniel Huggins
    Volume X
    page 227
    No.: 619.
    Company: James Huggins
    Register of Revolutionary War Officers:
    Alphabetical List of Officers of the Continental Army H,
    Fifteenth Virginia
    page 306
    Huggins, Benjamin (S. C.). Ensign 2d South Carolina, April, 1781;
    Lieutenant, 1782, and served to close of war.
    Alphabetical List of Officers of the Continental Army H,
    Fifteenth Virginia
    page 306
    Huggins, John (S. C.). Captain South Carolina Militia, 1778-1779.
    A Proclamation
    Schedule of the Names and Rank of Most of the Officers of the War of
    Independence, South Carolina
    page 640
    Huggins, Benjamin, Ensign, Infantry.

    !In the Upper New River area, Montgomery Co., Virginia (what became Grayson and Carroll Co's), the militia roster for the Elk Creek Militia included:
    John Huggane, 1782
    Luke Huggane, 1782

    !Serving in the War of 1812 were Isaac Huggins, 11nth Co., 2nd Reg't., detached from the Onslow Reg't., John Huggins in the 6th Reg't. from Iredell Co., and Robert Huggins Jr. in the 6th Co., 8th Reg't., detached from the 1st Lincoln Reg't.

    !Alice Eichholz, Ancestry's Red Book, North Carolina:
    After the Revolutionary War the state of North Carolina granted land formerly owned by the Crown and Earl Granville. A settler could claim as much as 640 acres of unsettled land for himself and an additional hundred acres for his wife and each minor child for a fee of two pounds ten shillings per hundred acres. If the amount of land claimed exceeded the above allotment, the additional land cost five pounds per hundred acres. Most of the state grants have been microfilmed and are available at the North Carolina State Archives and the FHL, along with grants made in Tennessee to veterans who served in the Revolutionary War.

    !Some DEEDS:

    !In the book The Huggins Family, by Lois Dorsey, 1979, she reported various land deeds she had found in Buncombe Co., North Carolina. The earliest deed she found for a Huggins is this one, which we have mentioned earlier:

    !"State of North Carolina, No. 649
    To all to whom these presents shall come, GREETINGS:
    Know ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of thirty shillings for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by Phillip Huggins have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said Phillip Huggins a tract of land containing two hundred acres lying and being in the County of Buncombe, lying on Little River beginning on the West side of said river on a black oak corner on Good's line ten poles from said river, and runs due North one hundred poles to a small hickory on McDowell's and Millar's line then East with said line sixty-eight poles crossing said River to McDowells and Millars corner on a black oak, then due North with said line one hundred and fifty-six poles to a stake, then due East one hundred and twenty-eight poles to a stake, then due South one hundred and fifty-six poles - then due West sixty-eight poles to a corner on a small hickory, then due South one hundred poles to a post oak corner on Good's line, then due West with Good's line one hundred and twenty-eight poles crossing said river to the beginning.

    !Entered 18nth April 1792. At Raleigh the 26th day of November in the 24th year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine.
    By command Will White Secretary
    B. Williams
    Philip Huggins, Sen.
    E. Neely C. B. (Chain Bearer) July 18th, 1800"

    !The above land was the subject of a still earlier document:

    !"North Carolina )
    Buncombe Co. ) No. 6
    Thomas Davidson, Entry Officer for Claims for land in the County aforesaid - to the Surveyor of said County - GREETINGS:
    You are hereby requested as soon as may be to lay off and survey for Lambert Clayton a tract or parsle of land containing two hundred acres in the county aforesaid, lying on the Little River joining Good's land, McDowells and Millers, including the Pinney Branch.
    Entered 18 April 1792
    Observing an Act of the General Assembly in such cases made and proceded for running out land...................... together with this warrant you are to transmit to the Secretary's office without delay.
    Given under my hand at office this 18th day of July 1792.
    Thomas Davidson, E. T."

    !Written on the back of this record was:
    "I do assign all my rite of the within warrant unto Phillip Huggans:
    witness my hand this 9 day of April 1796
    Lambert Clayton"

    !We should perhaps remark that a "pole" was a somewhat variable length, but then usually about 16 1/2 feet.

    !Philip Huggons (note spelling) sold this land on two separate dates, but to the same man. The first sale was on 16 July 1804. (See Buncombe Co. Deed Book 8, pg. 197):
    "...........for and in consideration of $110..........beginning upon a leaning post oak Huggons old corner on a Glad and runs East 54 poles to a post oak.......... containing 100 acres of land be the same......... granted to the said Phillip Huggons by State Patent bearing date of 16 Dec 1803.... In witness whereof the said Phillip Huggons hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and date above written.
    Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presents of James Mitchell and Alex Baird
    July Session Phillip Huggons (seal)

    !The within deed was proven in open court by James Mitchell one of the subscribing witnesses thereto recorded and ordered to be registered.
    Certified - D. Vance, Clerk"

    !The second sale to Andrew Mitchell was on 16 July 1805 (See Deed Book 10, pg. 250):
    "This indenture made this 16 day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five between Phillip Huggins of the one part and Andrew Mitchell of the other.... East seide of Little River beginning upon a canney post.... 100 acres. In Witness whereof the said Phillip Hagains hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and date above written, signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us.
    Test: Henry Hicks, 11 Apr 1806 Certified: D Vance, Clk"

    !Comment: The last two land descriptions were incompletely transcribed by Lois Dorsey, thus we are unable to verify from her abstract that it was indeed the same 200 acres as acquired earlier, in 1796, by Phillip Huggins. Since the first transaction mentions a state grant in 1803, not otherwise mentioned by Mrs. Dorsey, it might be different land, and indeed a different Phillip, involved in these latter two sales. We know that Phillip, the son, left about this time for Tennessee. Therefore the elder Phillip might not have been the one selling this particular 200 acres. Needs to be verified.....

    !Buncombe County Deed Index (1783-1850), FHL 975.688, R22w:
    8-15-1804 Esrey, Thomas (Grantee) Huggins, Luke (Grantor)
    4-29-1808 Bk. B Pg. 132 100 acres, Blithe Creek
    3-4-1806 Rhoads, Peter Huggins, Luke
    9-30-1819 Bk. 11 Pg. 504 100 acres, Little River
    3-4-1802 Mitchell, Andrew Huggins, Phillip
    ? Bk. 4 Pg. 695 200 acres, Little River
    7-16-1804 Mitchell, Andrew Huggins, Phillip
    ? Bk. 8 Pg. 197 100 acres, Little River
    7-16-1805 Mitchell, Andrew Huggins, Phillip
    4-16-1806 Bk. 10 Pg. 250 100 acres, Little River
    (First date is the date of instrument, second date is the date recorded.)
  • Change Date: 13 AUG 2001 at 01:00:00

    Father: Phillip HUGGINS b: in ,,North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Jane MORRIS
    • Married: 8 DEC 1791 in ,,North Carolina
    1. Has Children John B. HUGGINS b: 22 SEP 1792 in ,Buncombe Co.,North Carolina
    2. Has Children Mary HUGGINS b: ABT 1794 in ,,South Carolina
    3. Has Children Luke HUGGINS b: 1 MAR 1795 in ,Buncombe Co.,North Carolina
    4. Has Children Susannah HUGGINS b: ABT 1796 in ,,North Carolina
    5. Has Children Thomas HUGGINS b: ABT 1797/1803 in ,,North Carolina
    6. Has Children Tabitha HUGGINS b: 1797 in ,Buncombe Co.,North Carolina
    7. Has Children Rachael HUGGINS b: 15 SEP 1798 in ,,North Carolina
    8. Has Children Jinny HUGGINS b: ABT 1799
    9. Has Children Elizabeth HUGGINS b: 18 FEB 1800 in ,,North Carolina
    10. Has Children James Montgomery HUGGINS b: 27 MAY 1801 in ,Buncombe Co.,North Carolina
    11. Has Children Annie HUGGINS b: 26 MAY 1807 in ,,Tennessee
    12. Has Children Phillip Jasper HUGGINS b: 22 FEB 1809 in ,,Tennessee
    13. Has Children Sarah Morris HUGGINS b: 18 MAR 1811 in ,,Kentucky

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth ENGLISH b: ABT 1806 in ,,Tennessee
    • Married: 25 FEB 1823 in ,Lauderdale Co.,Alabama
    1. Has Children Andrew Jackson HUGGINS b: 4 NOV 1824 in ,,Lauderdale Co.,Alabama
    2. Has Children Francis Marion HUGGINS b: 1825 in ,,Tennessee
    3. Has No Children HUGGINS b: ABT 1825/1830 in ,,Alabama
    4. Has Children Cynthia HUGGINS b: 1829 in ,,Tennessee
    5. Has No Children HUGGINS b: ABT 1830/1835 in ,,Arkansas
    6. Has Children Joseph E. HUGGINS b: OCT 1832 in ,,Tennessee
    7. Has No Children Margaret HUGGINS b: 1834 in ,,Tennessee
    8. Has No Children HUGGINS b: ABT 1835/1840 in ,,Arkansas
    9. Has No Children Caroline HUGGINS b: 1838 in ,,Tennessee
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